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Symbolism Incorporated in " A Sound of Thunder "
Jonathan Riveraon 7 December 2012
Transcript of Symbolism Incorporated in " A Sound of Thunder "
Thunder Table 4 The Definition of symbolism. The practice of representing things by symbols, or of investing things with a symbolic meaning or character. The Sound of Thunder Ray Bradbury used the sound of thunder to represent the blast of noise emitted from the gun carried by Travis. "He did not move. Eyes shut, he waited, shivering. He heard Travis breathe loud in the room; he heard Travis shift his rifle, click the safety catch, and raise the weapon."
"There was a sound of thunder." ( Bradbury ) The Butterfly The butterfly can represent the butterfly effect in which it is incorporated in the whole story. The butterfly also could have represented the opportunity of freedom that Eckels destroyed after unknowingly killing it. "Embedded in the mud, glistening green and gold and black, was a butterfly, very beautiful and very dead."
( Bradbury ) The Path The path is the symbol for the written destiny. Since the crew insist that Eckels doesn't step off, the path that doesn't alter the already occurred future, then that path would be the route that would take them back to their normal lives. "Stay on the Path. Never step off!"
( Bradbury ) The Bullets The bullets could represent the disturbance in the past of any future materials or biological substance like the human air. "The bullets! The bullets can't be left behind. They don't belong in the Past; they might change anything." ( Bradbury ) Sources http://www.lasalle.edu/~didio/courses/hon462/hon462_assets/sound_of_thunder.htm